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  • February 07, 2018 8:46 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    In the next two days, Congress will be considering legislation to continue to fund the government.  In the past 24 hours, we have learned that Congress intends to include some additional items in this legislation.  The ACS supports two of these items but is in opposition to another.  We strongly encourage you to review ACS’s letter circulated to all members of Congress earlier today.

    In brief, the three issues include:

    1. Flexibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) related to how much weight will be ascribed to the cost component in an individual physician’s MIPS score as well as setting the level at which physicians will either receive a bonus or a cut.  This language, and the effort to include it, has been spearheaded and long championed by the ACS. ACS strongly supports the inclusion of these provisions in the larger legislation.
    2. Easing meaningful use (MU) requirements by removing an outdated requirement directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue to make meaningful use standards increasingly stringent over time.  Increasingly stringent MU requirements that do not lead to improvements in patient care are unnecessary and unfair to both patients and providers.  ACS supports this language.

    3. Continuation of the severely misguided policy relative to “Misvalued Codes” that will almost certainly result in broad, across the board cuts in Medicare physician payment. ACS opposes this language.

    We need your help in ensuring that all Senators and Representatives know the ACS’ position on these provisions.  Accordingly, we ask you to use the link below to send a message to your individual Senators and Representative, informing them that you support the ACS position.  

    Help Deliver ACS Message

  • September 01, 2017 3:40 PM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    The ACS Clinical Congress features outstanding education and training opportunities at the premier annual surgical meeting for surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of surgical teams. The hallmarks of the Clinical Congress are a broad range of outstanding hands-on and didactic learning opportunities and timely discourse on the most relevant surgical practices and research, along with unparalleled access to peers.

    Who Should Attend and What’s Included?

    Registration is open to all physicians and individuals in the health care field and includes a name badge, program book, and entrance to the exhibits and all sessions, excluding Postgraduate Courses and Meet-the-Expert Sessions.*

    *The following sessions are included with your Clinical Congress registration and are not ticketed. Registering for these sessions does not guarantee seating within the course. Seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis until the meeting room is full.

    • Named Lectures
    • Panel Sessions
    • Scientific Forum
    • Town Hall Meetings
    • Video-Based Education

  • May 17, 2016 3:25 PM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    The Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Surgeons hosted its Presentation of Most Interesting Cases May 16th at The LeMont Restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA. Chapter President Christopher Bartels, MD, FACS, welcomed attendees and facilitated the evening’s presentations. Area surgical residents were invited to submit abstracts for consideration by the SWPA ACS Council. The Council selected the following cases to be presented at the event:

    • Glucagonoma Presentation and Treatment: Not Just an ABSITE Question, Rachel P. Tindall, MD, from Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health System
    • Multiply Injured Trauma Patient with Inominate Artery Laceration, James Ackerman, MD, from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy
    • Portal Venous Anomaly Associated with Giant Intrahepatic Duodenal Diverticulum, Michael A. Archer, DO, from Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health System
    • Primary Hepatoma and Primary Renal Cell CA with Portal Vein Thrombus, Mark Scaife, MD, from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy
    • Paradoxical Portal Anatomy in a Young Male with Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Ravi N. Ambani, MD, from Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health System

    Following the presentations, Dr. Rachel P. Tindall was awarded Most Interesting Case and Dr. Michael A. Archer was selected as runner-up. Congratulations to Drs. Tindall and Archer. Special thanks to all of our presenters and the physicians who submitted their abstracts for consideration.

  • October 12, 2015 3:29 PM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    On Monday, October 12th, 2015 Christopher Bartels, MD, FACS, Chapter President-Elect, guided first and second year medical students through their first experience with surgical knot tying and suturing. Dr. Bartels was assisted by Katherine Kirk, MD, Patrick Varley, MD, and Paul Waltz, MD. Special thanks to Chelsea Meenan, class of 2018, for organizing the event.

  • May 15, 2015 3:36 PM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    Members of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) met in the Ohio Room in the Rivers Casino overlooking Three Rivers Point May 11. The chapter was hosting residents from local programs for the annual “Most Interesting Cases” for presentation and discussion with members.

    Residents from UPMC St. Margaret’s, UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Allegheny General Hospital submitted a total of 17 abstracts which were reviewed by council, and from that number, six were selected for oral presentation at the May 11 meeting.

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